Each student shall prepare and give before the class a PowerPoint
presentation approximately 15 minutes in length. The presentation will focus on a real event
concerning a corporate or organizational (governmental, religious, etc.) The first part of the presentation shall be
a history lesson of actually what happened.
The second part of the paper
is more abstract. It asks you to go
back in time to just before the actual event happened. You are to assume that you are the head of
the corporation’s/organization’s ethics department. The corporation’s/organization’s board has
assigned you to present to it an ethical analysis of the organization’s
proposed course of action. Of course,
the course of action is the event that actually happened but for purposes of
presentation you have to assume the event has not happened yet.
PowerPoint in Lieu of Term Paper
Topic – 10 Points: Find any corporate or organizational “screw
up” that actually happened or find an actual event in which a corporation or
organization actually did the “right thing.”
You can go deep into history if you like.
Outline – 20 Points:
Identify at least three research sources – 5
Outline following Part IV below – 15 points
Body of the Presentation – 170 points:
Give us a History Lesson of the “screw up” or
the “right thing”
Identify the name of the company or organization
– 5 points.
Identify the date of the “screw up” or “right
thing” – 5 points.
State the facts of what happened – 20 points.
NOTE – History lesson should be based on at
least two sources.
Shift Gears to Before the Event Happened
the factual situation – 10 points.
Present five business tactics the board is
considering – 5 points.
Of the five, identify the specific business
tactic the board is asking you to analyze – 5 points.
State the dilemma presented by the tactic – 10
Identify key issues to think about when
considering the dilemma – 10 points.
Identify probable responses to each key issue
identified – 10 points.
Of the probably responses, develop “but what if”
to each probable responses – 10 points.
Answer the five ethical questions – 50 points.
Make a recommendation concerning whether you
think the proposed course of action is ethical or unethical under utilitarian
and deontological approaches – 10 points.
If you recommend the proposed action is
unethical, then explore whether there are changes the board can make to the
business tactic to ethical – 10 points.
If you recommend the proposed action is ethical,
there will still be some people who will be harmed or will not benefit as much
from the decision. Suggest some changes
the board can make to ameliorate some of those harmed or not benefitted as much
by the decision -10 points.
Professionalism of presentation – 10 points.
Professionalism of Presentation – 10 points
Use of Proper English
Aesthetics of Presentation
Don’t use plain white slides.
Incorporate a photo or two.
Incorporate a map to give us some idea where the
Include portion of a real world article, video
of audio concerning the real event.
Citations to the Sources in History Part of
Try to Have Fun and Enjoy Yourself
If you have any questions please ask